Tree of Life   There are many stories and traditions surrounding the baobab. Along the  Zambezi River , many tribes believe that the baobab once grew upright, but it considered itself so much better than the lesser trees around it that eventually the gods decided to teach the baobab a lesson. They uprooted it and planted it upside down, in order to stop its boasting and teach the tree humility.  In other areas, specific trees have stories attached to them.  Zambia's  Kafue National Park is home to a particularly large specimen, which the locals know as Kondanamwali (the tree that eats maidens). According to legend, the tree fell in love with four local girls, who shunned the tree and sought human husbands instead. In revenge, the tree pulled the maidens into its interior and kept them there forever.​  Elsewhere, it is believed that washing a young boy in a tree where baobab bark is soaked will help him to grow strong and tall; while others hold the tradition that women living in a baobab area are likely to be more fertile than those living in an area with no baobabs. In many places, the enduring giant trees are recognized as a symbol of community, and a place of gathering.
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